What are the implications of the current European crisis for democracy and employment in a long-term perspective? What does it mean that various parts of Europe move in different directions at the same time? ARENA has been granted NOK 24 million from the Research Council of Norway for a cross-disciplinary project to investigate the emerging segmentation in Europe.
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– Breivik acted alone, but was not thinking on his own. There are groups in Europe that see themselves in a clash of cultures, a thinking that is based on myths of the history of Europe. We need to restore the vision of the cosmopolitan Europe, was professor Seyla Benhabib's message when she gave the ARENA Lecture 2012.
The RECON project's final conference was held in Oslo on November 24 – 26. The three-day event started with a public seminar on ‘Europe’s democratic challenge’, where research coordinators and affiliated scholars presented findings from 5 years of research to a large audience
The European Union (EU) is not a state, yet it has developed a foreign policy. How can this be and what characterises this policy? Does it differ from foreign policy as it is conventionally understood, and if so, in what way is it different? And how can it be that the member states are able to agree to common policies despite their often initially diverging interests? These are the questions raised in Marianne Riddervold’s dissertation.
The RECON project is summing up its five years of research in two outreach conferences, asking the key question: How to strengthen democracy in the EU? The first conference was held in Brussels on the 19th of May and the other one will be held in Oslo on November 24th.